There’s bass. There’s blue. And then there’s a bass playing the blues.
PLYMOUTH – There’s bass. There’s blue. And then there’s a bass playing the blues. For the first time, Plymouth 400 Inc.’s Bass & Blue Tournament will fold Project Arts of Plymouth into its mission with the Bass & Blues Harborfest. The two nonprofits are supporting the town’s 400th celebration by turning this annual fish tournament fundraiser and dinner into a party. That’s fish, food, music, dancing and trophies for the biggest fish.
“I think, in terms of the Bass & Blues fishing tournament, it started out as a grass roots event that Peter Balboni of Pioppi’s started,” Plymouth 400 Inc. Executive Director Michele Pecoraro said. “He was on the board and wanted to do something meaningful. He started this fishing tournament. It’s grown quite a bit with up to 200 people fishing.”
This year, Pecoraro said, she’s hoping the fundraiser will raise $30,000.
The weekend of events begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, when a Captains & Crew Kickoff Event & Dinner is held at Cordage Park Marina. Rob Hakala, of The South Shore’s Morning News on 95.9 WATD, hosts this event, featuring guest speaker Trey Zoeller, founder and master blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon, who will present his whiskey barrel adventures aboard the MV Ocearch, a 126-foot cat boat dedicated to the study of great white and tiger sharks and other species.
Bass & Blues Harborfest
July 8, 2018
Plymouth 400 Bass & Blue Tournament
July 7, 2018
From Saturday, July 14 to July 15, The Bass & Blue Fishing Tournament is on, with fishing enthusiasts of all ages competing, and weighing their catch at a weigh station located at Cordage Park Pier in North Plymouth. Raffle winners and that all-important biggest fish winner will be honored and announced during the award ceremony under the tent at Cordage Marina at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
This year, Project Arts is getting into the game with its two-day Bass & Blues Harborfest, which kicks off at noon Friday, July 14, at 134 Court St. on the lawn in front of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce offices. That’s bass, as in bass guitar. Quadrafunk plays at noon, followed by The Sleeping Monkey Band at 2:30 p.m. and Cadillac Walk at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the same location, more music is planned with The Chris Stoval Brown Band playing at noon, followed by Mark T. Small at 2:30 p.m. and The Quins at 5 p.m.
“Come and experience top bands, musicians, kids’ activities, and more!” Mike Landers of Project Arts said.
“We have something for people who don’t fish as well as for people who do fish,” Pecoraro added. “This is great for kids, with activities, food trucks and some crafters as well as giveaways from the stage. It’s fun for people who aren’t fishing. The dinner is also for anybody – not just for people who fish. You don’t have to be involved with the tournament at all to go to the dinner.”
For more information, visit plymouth400inc.org/bassandblue2018.
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